The working week started off with a quiz on Monday morning, the first for SSP18. The participants had the chance to test their knowledge on what they had learned about space from multiple disciplines. Topics included space management and business, space engineering, human performance in space, space science, humanities and space policy and law. For the second part of the day, some participants and staff visited the UN’s International Court of Justice. Judge Peter Tomka gave a presentation on the court and its history after which ISU members were provided with a guided tour of the stunning building and a catered reception. This was the first time ISU was invited to visit a UN court.
The improvisation classes have been continuing weekly, with high participant engagement allowing participants to develop their confidence and on-the-spot thinking kills. This activity is always light-hearted and full of laughs and indeed a good way to unwind. The participants play out unlikely and humorous scenarios whilst others try and depict what exactly they are trying to demonstrate.
Wednesday evening consisted of a trip to Airbus where the CEO of Airbus Defense and Space, Dirk Hoke, gave a presentation. He provided insight on how Airbus is tackling the emergence of new space sectors and about their plan to manufacture components for the Ariane 6 launcher using their own facilities. The participants were also provided with a special tour of the facility.
On Thursday night, the film Orphans of Apollo was screened at the Lumen cinema in Delft. Making this event even more special, Michael Potter, the director of the film, and an SSP88 alumnus, was in attendance and gave an introduction to the screening.
As with the previous weeks, the working week finished off with a Culture Night! On Friday, participants from Greece, Ireland, United Kingdom, Norway, Spain and Sweden presented on their culture and delighted everyone with different types of food from their countries. Later in the night, the staff band and participant band performed, showcasing further the diversity of skills within this ISU family.